Officials from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in Meru County have intercepted a 14-seater matatu carrying 31 students.

According to a statement on their X website page, the authority reported that these students were from one school within the county.

NTSA stated that the driver of the vehicle fled, and efforts to apprehend him are ongoing.

The matatu has been taken to a police station in Meru town while alternative transportation arrangements are being made for the students.

Starting from the beginning of this concluding week, NTSA officials have launched a rigorous crackdown on vehicles that violate traffic laws on various roads across the country.

This action follows an order issued by Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen as a measure to curb the rising road accidents.

Incidents of this nature have increased in the country since January 2024, and as of now, 1,067 people have perished in road accidents, including students from schools and institutions of higher learning.

On Friday, NTSA suspended the operating licenses of two matatu service cooperatives (Saccos) for flouting traffic regulations.

“These Saccos failed to comply with Section 5 of the NTSA regulations on passenger transport services of 2014. Additionally, the vehicles belonging to these Saccos violated NTSA regulations regarding acceptable speed limits,” NTSA stated.